Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows"

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So here comes another speculation thread from the Tim Burton/Sir Christopher fan!

This week, and last week, Mr. Tim Burton has begun casting his film version of the 60's-70's vampire TV series, "Dark Shadows".

So far, past Burton collaborators Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and Michelle Pfeifer have been announced as in the cast (as well as a handful of awesome newcomers!)

Sooo....this leads to my discussion topic: Does anyone think that Sir Christopher might be offered a role, and if so, which one?



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I am not sure if there is a

I am not sure if there is a part for him to play, really... Methinks Sir Christopher will be busy with "The Hobbit" anyway...  Wink

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I think Tim Burton will cast

I think Tim Burton will cast him as he always does.



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Is that a hint for us? 

Is that a hint for us?  wink

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Awww...See, I can totally see

Awww...

See, I can totally see it going either way. I know that Sir Christopher does have a lot coming up I suppose with "The Hobbit", but I also know that him and Mr. Burton are fast friends (the BAFTA speech was so beautiful) and I know that given the oppurtunity, he'd put Sir Christopher in the film if he felt he fit. And, I am sure they'd work out schedules. From what I read, it only took Sir Chirstopher a few hours to record his lines for Burton's "Alice".

I would love to see them collaborate again, to be honest. I am just trying to think of the various characters on the show. There were so many and I am not an avid fan of the orginal. Theres speculation on IMDB on roles he could possibly play, but it's also fun to have a bit of a mystery. smiley



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Looking forward to this to

Looking forward to this to this movie!  When I was growing up,  I loved the "Dark Shadows" tv series almost as much as Christopher Lee-Peter Cushing movies



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I never saw the original Dark

I never saw the original Dark Shadows... but I remember seeing the Ben Cross version in the early 90s and it scared me to death 

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Wowser! The cast list has

Wowser! The cast list has gotten impressive since the first announcement!

Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley and young Chloe Moretz, who just got done starring with Sir Christopher in "Hugo Cabret"!

It would be really nice if Sir Christopher gets to do a bit in this film. It's shaping up to be a good Burton film, I think.

 



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I have sceen the orginal Dark

I have sceen the orginal Dark Shadows and the new version of Dark Shadows with Ben Cross in it. I like that one more than the orginal though. Sounds so far like this is gonna be really good. I hope Mr Lee well have a part in this that would be the best.

Laurel

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i 've watched a klot of the

i 've watched a klot of the old tv series when it showed on re-runs. i'm sure that they could add a role for Sir Chris to play. perhaps an elderly vampire relation to barnabas, similar to a bela lugosi type role. a sort of passing the torch to the next generation. 



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Hey everyone...sorry I

Hey everyone...sorry I haven't been on here in a bit. I've been really busy at home. First of all, who is this odd, spammy Luolizhao person? They should probably get removed haha.

Anywho...back onto topic, I have recently been reading rumors that Sir Christopher has been indeed asked to do a cameo, and some places are even dropping hints that he may have been asked to play the smaller role of either Professor Stokes or Dr. Dave Woodard. I don't know if there is any truth to these statements. Has anyone else heard anything?



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He is working in the movie

He is working in the movie for sure. As for his role, I do not know.



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Oh yay! So exciting! Glad to

Oh yay! That is terrific news. So exciting! Glad to hear that Mr. Burton was able to fit him in somewhere! I know he always tries though Thanks so much!



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This is the best news thank

This is the best news thank you so much Juan for letting us know the good news. This gives us something really good to look foreword to. I have been hopeing he would be in the movie some way.

Laurel

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Sir Christopher & Dark Shadows

I think Sir Christopher would make a perfect Rev. Trask, the witch hunter.

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yes the reverend who Barnabas

yes the reverend who Barnabas walls off alive(barnabas Collins- the vampire) in the past after Victoria Collins is executed as a witch despite being from the 20tyh century. Yes i watched the original Dark Dhadows, and have a few of the books they made about the series..



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It looks as though Sir

It looks as though Sir Christopher has already started filming for "Dark Shadows" as well...according to this fellow who apparently has a role in the film:

https://twitter.com/#!/jossbaysurfing/status/94228371726282753

 

This is really exciting! He has little excited snippets about production on his page too:

https://twitter.com/#!/jossbaysurfing



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Trask maybe

Nicholas Morrell wrote:

yes the reverend who Barnabas walls off alive(barnabas Collins- the vampire) in the past after Victoria Collins is executed as a witch despite being from the 20tyh century. Yes i watched the original Dark Dhadows, and have a few of the books they made about the series..

I agree that is a pretty good idea. Iam also a fan of the orginal series to. But Iam sure what ever his role is its gonna be great.

Laurel

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Wikipedia is saying that Sir

Wikipedia is saying that Sir Christopher is playing the cartaker of Eagle Hill Cemetary, but Wikipedia can be edited by anyone, so I take it with a grain of salt.



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Wikipedia is saying that Sir

Wikipedia is saying that Sir Christopher is playing the cartaker of Eagle Hill Cemetary, but Wikipedia can be edited by anyone, so I take it with a grain of salt.



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All we can do right now is

All we can do right now is guess but that idea from wikipedia sure does sound good. I do now there our pictures of Johnny Depp as Barnabas and some cast member photos so far.

Laurel

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Yes indeed! And there was

Yes indeed! And there was just a big article about it in the newest issue of "Empire".

Empire says this of Sir Christopher's role:

"Even serial Burton bit-parter Christopher Lee has a small but key role as, in Grahme-Smiths words, ' a sort of king of the fishermen' who spends a lot of time in the local pub, The Blue Whale."

Sounds like a neat little role! Can't wait to see how he fits into the story smiley



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So, the recent article about

So, the recent article about "Dark Shadows" in EMPIRE magizine talks a little about Sir Christopher's character:

"Even serial Burton bit-parter Christopher Lee has a small but key role as, in Grahame-Smith’s words, “a sort of king of the fishermen” who spends a lot of time in the local pub, The Blue Whale."

IMDB is listing his character as Bill Malloy, who featured in the early episodes of the show. Malloy is the head of the Collinsport cannery and is indeed a king of the fisherman. It's also interesting to note that later on in the series he becomes a part of the supernatural world of "Dark Shadows" (but I won't give it away, in case this plays into the film somehow).

Judging from the character in the show, this should be a fun little role for Sir Christopher smiley



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More Dark Shadows News!

Hey everyone! Just popping on with a little more news about Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows"!

First, the official website is up:
http://darkshadowsmovie.warnerbros.com/

Second, the official trailer will be up this evening!

Finally, there was a little more revealed about Sir Christopher's character. Recently, there was a test screening of the film and a "spoiler free" review was posted on a forum by someone who had the privilege of seeing it.

The review comes from Johnny Depp Reads, and here is what the reviewer has to say in regards to Bill Malloy, who Sir Christopher portrays (mind you, it's not a lot...just a blurb):

"Christopher Lee had a tiny part, you might not recognize him right away, but there's no mistaking that voice."

I know...it was a tiny blurb. But I think the fact that he is unrecognizable (minus his voice) is notable. He's playing a drunken American sailor, after all. Wouldn't it be really cool if he is made up into a real salty dog haha?



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Muchas gracias por la

Muchas gracias por la informacion.



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Hmm...it seems that Sir

Hmm...it seems that Sir Christopher is not playing Bill Malloy like it was originally believed. Seth Grahme-Smith confirmed this, but won't tell us who he is playing! I guess it's a surprise O_O

Elsewhere, the film's screenplay writer Seth Grahame-Smith dismissed previous reports that legendary actor Christopher Lee's character in the story will be Bill Malloy, a key figure in the original show's early months. "I'm not saying who Christopher Lee plays in Dark Shadows, but it's not who IMDB would have us believe," Seth wrote yesterday on Twitter. Empire magazine have described Lee as playing a "king of the fishermen."

http://darkshadowsnews.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/deadly-handshake-from-barnabas-in-new.html
 



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Hello everyone!!!A new "Dark

Hello everyone!!!

A new "Dark Shadows" trailer/featurette was just released and it features some commentary on and behind the scenes footage of Sir Christopher!! Check it out!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0hCRWzQuww&feature=youtu.be
 



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Hello everyone!!!A new "Dark

Hello everyone!!!

A new "Dark Shadows" trailer/featurette was just released and it features some commentary on and behind the scenes footage of Sir Christopher!! Check it out!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0hCRWzQuww&feature=youtu.be
 



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Dark Shadows 2012

There is a photo circulating as well of Sir Christopher on the Dark Shadows websites; I can't tell you how tickled I am to see him in this film having been a fan of Dark Shadows back in the 60s, coming home after school to watch the show at 3 p.m. every weekday in California.  

At 56, I'm still fond of the old show, and with the new movie coming out, well...  I'd found out that Barnabas' wolf head cane was still being made in Germany and ordered one five years ago since I needed it to walk on a bad leg (since healed), so now, I'm ready for the premiere.    LOL....

 

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That is so cool! The wolf

That is so cool! The wolf head cane is awesome.

So I will admit that I wasn't an avid Dark Shadows fan, but I did enjoy the television series and I am really looking forward to this movie!

That picture of Sir Christopher and Johnny is great! I know he has done so many other things than Dracula, but having him in "Dark Shadows" is great tribute to all that he did to make the character of "the vampire" more than a one dimensional monster.

Sir Christopher is also mentioned in the film's official production notes and we finally have his character's name: Silas Clarney-

http://darkshadowsmovie.warnerbros.com/assets/img/_downloads/_pdf/Dark_Shadows_Production_Notes.pdf

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